The second half of the MLB season will arrive after the all-star game in San Diego and it’s the beginning of a new season for some. Teams that are trying to make the postseason will be active from now until the trade deadline so they can solidify their spot in the postseason. With two wild card spots available, one team plans to have a better faring than they did last year and the team is the Houston Astros.
Currently, The Astros are 48-41. Seven games above .500, five games off first place, and two games out of the last wild card. In the beginning of the season, they had a rough start. It wasn’t until May that things started to come together; pitching was getting better each game and the bats were ringing in runs. Led by Jose Altuve, this team is as competitive as they come. George Springer is underrated, but effective along with Carlos Gomez and the emergence of Carlos Correa. Luiz Valbuena is also a key piece of the team. What has changed from being slow in April until now? Lineup changes and bullpen rotation. Led by Dallas Kuechel, one of the best arms in the game and first time all-star Will Harris, who was cut by three different teams and found a spot in the Stros pitching rotation. The team and the city have come alive and by having baseball’s best farm system, the Astros is slowly finding its niche and starting to come around as one of the game’s best kept secrets. They have plenty of time to catch the Rangers for the division, but must make a trade or two to stay right there in the hunt. The only team that they’ll have to worry about is the Mariners, who themselves are making a push for the playoffs.
In conclusion, these Astros are different than last year and still have that competitive fire in them. They hardly blow leads and never count them out of a game and also lead the league with eight comebacks so far this season. The scary part is that they haven’t reached their peak and will be a sleeper team come playoff time.